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Couple Marks 65th Anniversary January 15, 2018

James and Virginia Robertson of York celebrated their 65th anniversary on Jan. 6. The couple's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren gave them a surprise anniversary party at Church of the Open Door.

They were married on Jan. 3, 1953, at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Robertson are the parents of Joni Sipling of Palmyra, Beth Hostetter of Willow Street, Rodd Robertson of York, and Tim Robertson of York. They have 30 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

The couple attends Church of the Open Door. Mr. Robertson is retired from York Corrugating Company. Mrs. Robertson is retired from the York County Courthouse.


Couple Marks 60th Anniversary December 14, 2017

Ken and Verdella Stauffer are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married at Salem Church in Manheim on Dec. 24, 1967.

They have one son, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


Couple Marks 40th Anniversary November 2, 2017

Clair and June Nolt of Manheim celebrated their 40th anniversary on Nov. 5. They were married at Mount Joy Mennonite Church on Nov. 5, 1977.

Mr. Nolt is a farmer and is also employed by Arconic in Lancaster. Mrs. Nolt is a homemaker and assists with farming responsibilities. They attend Erisman Mennonite Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Nolt are the parents of Janelle, wife of Christopher Shelly, of Lancaster; and Jeffrey Nolt of Manheim. They have two grandchildren, Marissa and Josiah Shelly. In addition to a special dinner with their family, the couple celebrated their anniversary with a trip to Maine.


Olivet UMC Celebrates 200 Years October 18, 2017

Sen. Andrew Dinniman joined local officials and parishioners in marking the bicentennial of Olivet United Methodist Church (UMC) in Coatesville at a celebratory event and luncheon on Oct. 6. Dinniman presented a special citation commemorating the milestone and also read a letter from Gov. Tom Wolf in honor of the occasion.

The Oct. 6 event kicked off a weekend of activities commemorating the church's 200th anniversary, including a public open house and concert on Oct. 7 and a special luncheon at the Coatesville Country Club following services on Oct. 8.

Patty Biffen, co-chair of Olivet's Bicentennial Committee and Olivet layleader, gave a presentation on the church's history. Michael Givler, co-chair of Olivet's Bicentennial Committee and chairman of its Staff Parish Relations Committee, spoke of the parish's legacy of commitment and involvement in the Coatesville community.

Givler referred to work on the Third Avenue Streetscape Project, currently underway. The streetscape project, the first phase of revitalization work related to the new Coatesville Train Station, aims to transform Third Avenue as a gateway into the city from the new station. It includes the repaving of Third Avenue and the installation of sidewalk amenities, including ADA accessibility improvements from Lincoln Highway to Fleetwood Street.

The project also calls for the repaving of and significant improvements to the nearby parking lot of the church, which will be available to rail riders under an agreement being worked out with the church.

The entire project is expected to be completed in about a year.

In addition, the design work on the realignment of the station's location on Fleetwood Street is ongoing, but preliminary design work is complete. These designs include plans for commuter and bus access and a review of conceptual designs offering transit-oriented development projects related to the new train station.


Township Anniversary Recognized October 6, 2017


Haugs Celebrate 45th Anniversary October 5, 2017

James and Paula Haug of Columbia celebrated their 45th anniversary on Aug. 26. They were married on Aug. 26, 1972, in the chapel at the former First English Lutheran Church in Columbia.

They are the parents of Patricia Haug; Jennifer, wife of James Jones; Jessica Haug; and Pamela Haug. They have nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. James' parents are Carl A. Haug of Columbia and the late Anna Arndt Haug. Paula is the daughter of Lorraine Dommel of Columbia and the granddaughter of the late Mildred Casewell.

James is retired from the Columbia Post Office and Lancaster Newspaper. Paula is employed at QVC.


Couple Marks 50th Anniversary September 14, 2017

Eugene and Janice Saylor of Lititz celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sept. 16 with a trip to Colorado.

They were married on Sept. 16, 1967, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Manheim by the Rev. Norman Bucher.

Eugene and Janice are the parents of Kelly Saylor and Nicole Eshleman, both of Manheim. There are three grandchildren.

Eugene is retired from RR Donnelley in Lancaster, and Janice is retired from Flowstar Lititz.

The couple worships at Jerusalem Church in Manheim.


Couple Marks 40th Anniversary September 7, 2017

Lloyd and Grace Sauder of Mountville celebrated their 40th anniversary on Sept. 3.

They were married on Sept. 3, 1977, at Northwoods United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, N.C.

Mr. and Mrs. Sauder are the parents of Carol, wife of Leo Vondas of Bethesda, Md., and John, husband of Susan Sauder, of Lancaster.

Mr. Sauder is a retired truck driver, and Mrs. Sauder is a retired nurse. Mr. and Mrs. Sauder attend Faith Bible Fellowship Church in Lancaster.


Halsteads Mark 60th Anniversary July 27, 2017

Dr. Chester and Barbara Poe Halstead of Lititz celebrated their 60th anniversary on June 4 with close friends and family at Enck's Banquet Center in Manheim. The party was given by their three children and the grandchildren.

The Halsteads were married on June 22, 1957, at Livonia Baptist Church in Livonia, Mich., by Pastor Willard Martin.

Chester and Barbara are the parents of Patricia Latimer, Edward Halstead, and Brenda Miller, all of whom reside in Manheim. There are seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, with a fifth expected in September.

Chester is retired from working at Colerain Baptist Church in Kirkwood and Lancaster Bible College. Barbara is retired from Murray Insurance in Quarryville.

The couple worships at Grace Church of Lititz.


Couple Celebrates 60th Anniversary July 26, 2017

Donald E. and Norva M. Junkins of Red Lions recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married on June 15, 1957 at the Windsor Church of God by the late Rev. J. D. Ensminger.

To celebrate the occasion, the couple went on a nine-day Mississippi River cruise on the American Queen and held an open house on July 8.

Donald and Norva are retired.


Couple Marks 60th Anniversary June 27, 2017

Carl and Arlene Martin celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family members on June 8. They were married in the New Holland Mennonite Church by Bishop Mahlon Witmer.

The Martins have three daughters: Carlene, wife of Jeff Petersen, Atglen; Sharon, wife of Steve Martin, New Holland; and Cathy of Atlanta, Ga. There are four grandchildren.


Schnitzenbaumer-Brubaker June 22, 2017

The marriage of Erik Schnitzenbaumer and Ashley Brubaker took place on June 10 at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Ephrata. Father McGarrity officiated at the 2:30 p.m. ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Geoff and Cheryl Brubaker of Lancaster. She graduated from Hempfield High School in 2012 and from Widener University in 2016. She is employed by Women & Babies Hospital in Lancaster.

The groom is the son of Pete and Sue Schnitzenbaumer of Lititz. He graduated from Lancaster Catholic High School in 2010. He serves in the U.S. Navy in Groton, Conn.

The maid of honor was Faith Musser of Lancaster. Bridesmaids were Michelle Garro of Sicklerville, N.J.; Megan Fields of Lemoyne, sister-in-law of the bride; and Colleen Schnitzenbaumer of Downingtown, sister-in-law of the bride.

Serving as best man was Kurt Schnitzenbaumer of Ellicott City, Md., brother of the groom; Jay Danforth of Bohemia, N.Y., brother-in-law of the groom; Todd Fields of Lemoyne, brother-in-law of the groom; and Kevin Kane of Kendall Park, N.J., brother-in-law of the groom.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents. She wore an ivory lace and beaded gown with a cathedral-length veil.

The reception was held at Lakefield Weddings in Manheim.

After a wedding trip to St. Lucia, the couple resides in Mount Joy.


Couple Marks 60 Years June 9, 2017

Pastor Richard G. and Naomi A. Miller celebrated their 60th anniversary with their family during a dinner and a stay at the Hotel Hershey. The Millers met in 1955 while attending Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and they were married at the Saylorville Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 9 two years later. The couple has two sons, Phil and Tim, along with four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and another great-grandchild on the way.

Naomi graduated from Ankeny High School in Iowa and Moody Bible Institute. In addition to being a pastor's wife and homemaker, she retired as a bookkeeper from B & G Lumber Company in Elizabethtown.

Richard graduated from Elizabethtown Area High School, Moody Bible Institute, Elizabethtown College and Dallas Theological Seminary.

Next year will mark 60 years that the couple worked in ministry, beginning at the Newville Bible Church in Elizabethtown. They also served with the Christian Service Brigade youth program and retired from the Maytown Church of God in 2004. Since then, Richard has continued to preach as a guest minister or as an intentional interim, and he is currently assigned at the Lancaster Church of God.


Dourtes Celebrate 70th Anniversary May 18, 2017

Jesse and Wilma Herr Dourte of Manheim celebrated their 70th anniversary on April 5. They were married at Beulah Chapel in Springfield, Ohio, on April 5, 1947. Friends and family showered them with cards, and the couple's children planned a celebration with a drop-in at Teen Central in Manheim on April 30.

They are the parents of Maxine, wife of Luther Schwartz, Manheim; Loine, wife of Jim Hain, Roanoke, Va.; Marjorie, wife of Frank Groff, Manheim; Colleen, wife of Dave Bradstreet, Norristown; Nevin, husband of Doneen Ruhl, Manheim; and Jeseen, wife of Troy Bauman, Lititz. They have 17 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Jesse is a retired farmer and minister in the Brethren in Christ Church, pastoring in Pennsylvania, Kansas, and Iowa. Wilma retired from nursing as a licensed practical nurse. The couple attends Mount Pleasant Brethren in Christ Church in Mount Joy.


Hilshers Celebrate 50th Anniversary May 4, 2017

Marlin and Janet Hilsher of Elizabethtown recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. As part of the celebration, they were joined on April 29 by their family, along with several members of their original wedding party.

The Hilshers were married on April 8, 1967, at Conoy Brethren in Christ Church by the Rev. Roof and the Rev. Sollenberger.

They are the parents of Jody Hilsher of Cincinnati and Janel Hilsher Clouser of Elizabethtown. They have eight grandchildren.

Marlin is employed by Snavely's in Centerville. The couple attends Faith Bible Church in Mount Joy.


Oberholtzers Celebrate 65th Anniversary April 28, 2017

Jay and Rhoda Stauffer Oberholtzer are celebrating their 65th anniversary. The couple is marking the milestone with a vacation in Panama City Beach, Fla. The couple was married on May 3, 1952, in a double ceremony with Rhoda's twin sister, Ruth Stauffer, and Lloyd Denlinger at Landis Valley Mennonite Church. The twins were each other's maids of honor, and sister Martha Stauffer also served as Rhoda's maid of honor. Jay's best man was his brother Clair.

The couple has three sons: Donovan, husband of Carol; Gregory, husband of Jeannie; and Steven, husband of Sheri. They also have four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Jay and Rhoda were involved in Stauffers of Kissel Hill, the family business. Jay was a partner and executive of the SKH and Stobro corporations, and he served on the advisory boards of Commonwealth and Fulton banks and Philhaven Hospital, as well as on the pastoral team of Lititz Mennonite Church.

Rhoda served on the boards of Sovereign Bank, Mennonite Development Associates, and church organizations. At SKH, Rhoda won honors in Floral Design; at Stauffers of Kissel Hill, she developed the Floral Design division and taught the design classes. She also presented a program, "The Parables of the Flowers," at hundreds of clubs and churches in the United States, Canada, and several other foreign countries. She holds Bible studies and recently authored a book, "A Life of Business Fulfilled With Purpose."

The couple resides in Kissel Hill Manor.


Shues Celebrate 50th Anniversary April 19, 2017

William and Brenda Shue of York celebrated their 50th anniversary on April 15 with a family dinner. They were married on April 15, 1967, at Bethany United Church of Christ in York.

They are the parents of Doni Shue of York and Tracey Shue Lehigh of Dover. They have six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

William is retired from the United States Postal Service. Brenda is retired from General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems in Red Lion.


McNatts Celebrate 60th Anniversary April 19, 2017

Dan and Kay McNatt of Christiana celebrated their 60th anniversary with a party with family and friends at Thorndale Inn on April 22. They were married on April 27, 1957, in Carmichaels.

They have two children, Tom McNatt and Kelly O'Donnell, wife of Dewey O'Donnell. The couple has four grandchildren.

Dan is retired from Reynolds Packaging in Downingtown. Kay is retired from Octorara Area School District. The couple attends Our Lady of Consolation in Parkesburg.


Couple Marks 60th Anniversary April 6, 2017

Marlin and Jean Oberholtzer Ginder of Lancaster celebrated their 60th anniversary on April 6. Friends and family showered the couple with cards, and the couple's children have planned a celebration to be held at Risser's Mennonite Church in April.

The Ginders were married on April 6, 1957, at the bride's home in Manheim by Bishop Homer Bomberger.

They are the parents of Larry Ginder of Manheim, Fred Ginder of Elizabethtown, Sue Aldinger of Hummelstown, Ray Ginder of Manheim, Beverly DeRise of Lititz, and Jeff Ginder of Elizabethtown. There are 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

The couple worships at Risser's Mennonite Church in Elizabethtown.

Marlin is employed by Doncin Transport and is retired from farming. Jean is a homemaker.


Couple Celebrates 50th Anniversary March 30, 2017

Dean and Naomi Byers of Lancaster celebrated their 50th anniversary. They were honored on March 26 with a gathering of their children and grandchildren at the Belvedere Restaurant.

They were married on March 25, 1967, at Lancaster Grace Brethren by William Tweedle. They are the parents of Diahann, wife of John Cascarella, Lititz; Krista, wife of Patrick Gillisse, Mountville; and Justin, husband of Kristin Byers, Coatesville. They have eight grandchildren.

Dean and Naomi are both employed by Byers Butterflake Bakery.

The couple attends Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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